For those of you always ready to get in that Rotten Apple State Of Mind; Aasim takes no time off from his recent released mixtape “Live At The Tunnel: The Ski Mask Way,” to give the streets more music. Here, he connects with Nasty Nas to get on some “Queens Shit” real quick, as the two exchange some bars discussing the Fast Life.
Enjoy this first single and stay tuned for Aasim’s new mixtape “Walking On The Stars” coming in the near weeks. “Yellow, Like New York City Piss Stain Concrete.”
Check after the jump to download the track.
A demo from Nasty Nas’ Illmatic days seems to have found it’s way to the Internets, and Nasir came with it even before his debut. With Large Professor behind the production for most of the records, Nas was able to get AZ, Biz Markie, MC Serch, Chubb Rock, and Kool G. Rap on songs even before he created one of the highest-held albums in rap, Illmatic.
Even at his young age, Nas was holding his own on the mic. Listen to the demo in full after the jump.
Big Sean recently dropped by Mr. Peter Parker’s studio to talk about his upcoming album Hall Of Fame. While talking about the album they discussed one of the more anticipated tracks on the album that will feature Kid Cudi and Nas.
Also in a very interesting turn Sean semi-confirmed that Kanye’s new single will be called “I Am A God” and that he may have or have not heard it. G.O.O.D. Friday’s back? We will just have to see. Watch the entire interview after the jump.
One of our favorite hip-hop albums of all-time is still AZ’s critically acclaimed debut opus, Do or Die. While it doesn’t feel like the project is approaching its 18th anniversary, we’ve managed to keep it in our playlists since its release, without losing any touch in our enjoyment for the essence. While Pac, Nas & B.I.G. were controlling the airwaves, dominating urban music in the east coast, a classic gem went under the radar for quite some time —until we soaked in the history we were witnessing.
Perfecting Kool G. Rap’s “Mafioso,” the almighty zig-zag one unleashed out classic videos such as “Sugar Hill,” “Mo Money-Mo Murder” and “Gimme Yours,” which sadly didn’t feature the original Escobar version. One of hip-hop’s most over looked visuals depicting a mafia lifestyle was AZ’s “Mo Money, Mo Murder” music video with Nas. From basement tie-ups, to secret medical labs and even graveyards, the two were part of a visual masterpiece that we felt that should get more recognition.
Still the original S.O.S.A…..AZ.
OS Flashback: Montell Jordan – Let’s Ride (feat. Master P & Silkk The Shocker)
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Last year, Nas returned to the elite status in the mainstream discussions by releasing quality material for his previous album “Life is Good.” Highlighted by singles such as “Nasty,” “The Don,” “Daughters” and “Chery Wine”; the album received so much praise even receiving a Grammy Award nomination for 2013’s Best Rap Album. Some outlets even considered it the best rap album of the year which was saying a lot for the nearly 20-year veteran to still be in the discussions with the influx of new artist we saw last year including Kendrick Lamar’s debut opus, “good kid, m.A.A.d city.” Nas, who’s in a good place in life (hence the last album title), is also in a good place musically and is continuing on with a follow-up album this year.
So next month, we can all look forward to the official announcement title of his twelfth studio album which we’re not trying to put pressure on Mr. Jones, but after delivering an album of the year candidate and one our favorite Nasty Nas albums ever; we’re expecting no drop off in quality material.
OS REWIND: Nas – World’s An Addiction (feat. Anthony Hamilton) (Live On CONAN)
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It’s that time of the year again as MTV is getting ready to release their hottest MCs in the game list. To build up the anticipation they polled some of hip-hop’s heavyweights for their thoughts on who is the hottest. One of the best parts of the clip was Future’s pick, which was of couse Future. Peep the entire video above.
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Ever wonder what love songs your favorite rappers like to listen to? Well wonder no more as MTV polled some of hip-hop’s biggest artists for their opinions. Some of the artists included were 50 Cent, Nas, Talib Kweli and Future. Check out their picks in the video above and have a wonderful Valentines Day.
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While out in Los Angles for Grammy Weekend, Sway Calloway of MTV news caught up with Nas to discuss his upcoming record 4 nominations for music’s biggest night. While he still hasn’t won a Gramophone in his nearly 20-year career; Nas has survived the game as he’s been most recently praised for arguably the best rap album of 2012 with eleventh studio album “Life Is Good.”
Esco speaks on making it this far as artist having longevity which Sway brought up the record “Daughters” that’s nominated for two Grammy’s. Nas closed out saying “I think she’s happy that her dad’s not corny. I’m lucky that she still thinks that I am cool.”
You can watch the 2013 Grammy Awards tonight at 8ET/5PT only on CBS.
With no Chelsea Lately in sight, Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters takes over interview duties and talks with Nas as he is the next guest to visit the show. In their brief convo, they both speak about the GRAMMYs and Dave is surprised to find out that Nasir has been up for 18 nominations in his career. He also asks Nas how he feels Hip-Hop is represented at the show and how he handles seeing artists he talked shit about before hand.
The 55th annual GRAMMY awards go down this Sunday at 8pm EST on CBS.
MTV news caught up with Nasir Tuesday evening at his “Hennessy V•S Presents” concert as he speaks on the modern day usage of the word classic in comparison to his earlier days in the music game. Nas felt the word classic is being thrown around today too loosely in today’s society without it having significance.
He went on to say some rappers are “classic artist” but that doesn’t mean every album they release has been a classic including himself. The interview closed out with Nas saying he would let time decide the fate of “Life Is Good” whether it’s classic or not.
OS REWIND: Nas Defends Quentin Tarantino and “Django Unchained”
OS REWIND: Nas – World’s An Addiction (feat. Anthony Hamilton) (Live On CONAN)
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Nas didn’t why there was such an uproar about Quentin Tarantino’s last film Django Unchained, because this is what he’s known for. He mentions that fans should already expect that rawness from him, whether it be through gore and violence or language. He full supports Tarantino’s form of expressing himself through film.
Fuse TV caught up with Kendrick Lamar recently to discuss Nas calling his debut studio album “good kid, m.A.A.d city” the album of the year. Ironically, Nas received praise for his “Life Is Good” album which released the same year as Esco still felt it was necessary to show the new generation love with showing his appreciation for Kendrick Lamar being one of the leaders to carry the hip-hop torch today. Kendrick was flattered saying anybody could tell the influence Nas has in his music making quality material for the culture.
He also touched on the process of making his debut album and couldn’t knock anybody in 2012 but definitely felt like he released the album of the year just based on the hours of dedication and preparations he put into its release. Kendrick closed out saying nothing is new with what he did crediting Pac, Nas and Hova for doing it in the past as he felt it was a lost art in the genre and wanted to bring “it” back for the new generation.
Nas stopped by the Hot 97 studios to chop it up with Angie Martinez on her birthday and to discuss a number of topics. Above, the two discuss Nas’ lack of Grammy souvenirs, his recent ad with Gap, the CNN writer that called him the “greatest lyricist of all time”, and his relationship with Kelis.
Last night in the city, former Rolling Stone and New York Times writer Anthony DeCurtis was granted an exclusive rare interview with Nas. Declared the hip-hops finest emcee of all time by CNN; the crowd in attendance at the “92Y: Cultural Institution and Community Center” in Manhattan got a rare glimpse into the life of NaS as he went through his rap career time line starting with his childhood in Queens.
Escobar touches on his early demo days and being influenced by older associates around his projects but wanting to create his own sound in his first years with Main Source. Nas also goes into big detail about the creation process behind his latest #1 album “Life is Good” along with touching on “Hip-Hop Is Dead,” the current climate of music and accepting all aspects and duality of rap.
Nasty Nas along with the perfectly imperfect one, Elle Varner performed a NYE in NYC show last night at the world famous Radio City Music Hall. Nas gave the crowd performances from Life is Good hits such as “Bye Baby,” “Daughters,” and “Cherry Wine” to name a few along with his past gems. Elle Varner gave the crowd a “Refill” and covered Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You.” Check after the jump to watch the performances.